The Steelers already have had to do major work this offseason in order to get the franchise under the $133 million salary cap for 2014, cutting linebacker Larry Foote, cornerback Curtis Brown and tackle Levi Brown while reworking the contracts of tight end Heath Miller and safety Troy Polamalu.
But the biggest loss (so far) of the Steelers heading into next season, via ESPN's Adam Schefter, will be when they cut LaMarr Woodley, saving the team from having to pay the 29-year-old linebacker his $8 million base salary.
Pittsburgh also will make him a post-June 1 cut in order to defray some of the costs of the salary cap this year (Woodley's dead money total for 2014 would have been $14.17 million, but part of that will transfer onto the 2015 salary cap).
Woodley has missed a total of 15 games the past three years due to injuries, but when he was healthy from 2008-10, he combined for 35 sacks.
But overall, the release of Woodley probably doesn't make Pittsburgh any better on the field, even if linebacker Jason Worilds is coming off a career-best season.
The Steelers managed their cap well for a long, long time, but that time is clearly over. Cutting LaMarr Woodley is one of the costs.— Aaron Schatz (@FO_ASchatz) March 10, 2014